Making HEADWAY 2019-20

Making HEADWAY: Exploring the Art of Leadership

Headway offers licensed ministers an opportunity to take part in a series of seminars and conversations reflecting on the art of leadership. The group will meet at Foxhill once a month, beginning in February 2019 and follow a two year programme.  Download the programme leaflet here

Sessions will explore contemporary thinking on leadership and will provide a safe space for those in the group to reflect theologically on different aspects of leadership, as well as applying these to their own contexts and roles. Topic areas will include: effecting change, transforming conflict, building resilience, time wisdom, and missional leadership.

We are inviting input from leading thinkers and local practitioners, including John and Olive Drane and Eve Poole. Making Headway begins on 5th February with an introduction by Bishop Peter. 

Headway is facilitated by Helen Scarisbrick (Vicar of Gee Cross), Jenny Bridgman (Associate Vicar of Timperley and Assistant DDO) and David Herbert (Continuing Ministerial Development Adviser),

The programme for the course is: 





 Bp Peter

Ideas of Leadership


Helen Scarisbrick

Embracing Chaos


 Jenny Bridgman

Finding your Leadership Style


 Eve Poole



 David Herbert

Systems thinking and Emotional Intelligence


Helen Scarisbrick

Flourishing Systems



Time Wisdom


 John and Olive Drane

 Leadership beyond McDonaldization


 David Herbert

Power and authority


Helen Scarisbrick

Power - the light and the dark


David Herbert

Discovering Leadership


Jenny Bridgman

Equipping God's People


Marian Sudbury

Effecting Change 1


David Brewster

Effecting Change 2


Steve Mansfield

Developing Non-anxious Presence


Jenny Bridgman

Building Confidence and Resilience


Helen Scarisbrick

Leading through Story





David Herbert



Chris Moore

Wellbeing (with Eucharist after lunch)

Here’s what previous Headway participants have said:

“A brilliant opportunity to develop and reflect on your own leadership style in a safe, supportive and challenging group. Great to share the highs and lows of leadership with clergy colleagues who know where you are coming from!”
Jane Proudfoot

“Headway has been an encouraging and informative series of well-paced workshops that have supported me through the transition from curacy to a full year of first incumbency. We sought to scrutinise aspects of leadership in complex parish situations, with a biblical perspective and alongside honest personal reflections of power, vulnerability and wellbeing. Headway is a learning community in which we have got to know each other well: where many years of wisdom and experience are shared, struggles aired and inspiring ideas exchanged. Headway has challenged my practice, widened my perspectives, grown my knowledge and encouraged me to try new approaches which have resulted in renewed confidence and flourishing.”
Andrew Knight

“It has been extremely enjoyable. The leadership has been first-class, the discussions have been engaging, and the fellowship has been wonderful. I feel that I have been fortunate to take the course and would certainly recommend it.”
Blair Kirby

“From Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to Nelson Mandela, to a clip from the film Pitch Perfect called ‘The Cup Song’ - various thoughts and areas of leadership were opened up to us by the creative insights of Helen, Jenny and David.  I’ve gained confidence, learned how to celebrate failure, wrestled with imposter syndrome, reflected on my vulnerability and considered my resilience to name but a few areas of teaching. With genuine sadness I click my heels three times and return home. Thank you Headway.”
Veronica Green


Times: 10am to 3.30pm. Refreshments and lunch included
Venue: Unless stated otherwise, all sessions are at Foxhill House and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
To book: Contact Jane Hood by email or phone 01928 718834 ext 257.  Please advise dietary or other requirements at time of booking

There is no charge for this course.

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